The Stranger Within – Getting Over Fear and Finding Your Inner Friend

I just finished reading Beryl Markham’s book, West with the Night. It’s the story of a British woman raised in rural Kenya, who learns to fly an airplane in the 1930’s. High-spirited, gutsy, she leads a life of adventure, swooping across remotest Africa. Here’s the passage that I absolutely loved—such insight into her bravery—which comes nearly at the end: You can live a...

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When The Hole Is Not The Whole

  From my mother, I inherited a buzzing sense of dread and the tendency to ignore blatantly unpleasant facts. From Dad, I received guilt, a distrust of others, and an intensity of personality that could knock a buzzard off a shit wagon. Without meaning to, my parents taught me to suppress my feelings, to put on a happy face for...

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